Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, warned that some social distancing measures will still need to be practiced during the summer months.
MONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With states across America beginning to relax stay-at-home orders, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx reiterated on Sunday that some form of social distancing will still be necessary through the summer.
In an interview on Meet the Press, she stressed that "social distancing will be with us through the summer to really ensure that we protect one another as we move through these [reopening] phases."
A heat wave that blanketed southern California this weekend highlighted the challenges that governors and mayors will face in trying to sustain social distancing efforts in warm weather.
Despite pleas from public officials to stay home, tens of thousands of people flocked to beaches that were open in Orange County on Saturday, The New York Times reported.
On Monday, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 965,000 and the death toll neared 55,000, the Associated Press reported.